Thursday, 9 October 2008

Sights you don't see in the Senedd

Part 4:

An adrenaline fuelled debate.


Anonymous 9 October 2008 at 09:07  

If only

Al Iguana 9 October 2008 at 09:24  

it's in the general makeup of the Welsh character to be "butties", to have lots of "chwarae teg", not to sneeze until anything has gone past "the committee". That's part of the problem.

What we need is more impassioned speeches, more ranting, more table thumping, more politicians who are willing to kick and shout and demand. Especially during the forthcoming yes/no campaign.

Anonymous 9 October 2008 at 11:29  

The layout of the Siambe mitigates against argument and I also believe, good debate.

Why go to the bother of writing and then delivering a fantastically, combatative speech to an audience of less than 60 with a gallery places intimidatingly above you which you can't even see and which is behind a glass window as if you were in a gold-fish bowl or prison. Most politicians just don't bother and we're all the poorer for it.

I wish they'd get rid of the public space which is above the chamber (crap for politicians and the public alike)bring down the MDF partition which is behing the AMs and place the public seating area there. The outcome would be an airier, bigger chamber with the public feeling a part of the debate and the AMs feel they're actually speaking to an audience and not stuck in a glass bowl.

Crap design really. All this talk of making the Assembly open hasn't worked - the viewing public see less in person and the debates are never on tv 'cos they're so boring. They're so boring partly because of the design.

Alun 9 October 2008 at 11:52  

Couldn't agree more with the above. Watching a debate is similar to watching paint dry. Most AMs read scripts and without passion. The Senedd was meant to bring the people of Wales closer to democracy and their politicians. In reality it is doing the opposite.

Stonemason 9 October 2008 at 18:59  

I wrote yesterday .......

Today there are few politicians in Wales who are not grey, grey is not to my taste.

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